Mall of America to cater to high end customers as it starts third decade

Changes are in the works at the Mall of America, which marked its 20th birthday over the weekend. Nearly $500 million worth of projects are underway or on the drawing board. Many - including a new Radisson hotel - will cater to high end customers.
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Changes are in the works at the Mall of America, which marked its 20th birthday over the weekend. Nearly $500 million worth of projects are underway or on the drawing board. Many - including a new Radisson hotel - will cater to high end customers.

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